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This Day in History – January 26

1802—Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library.
1837—Michigan admitted as 26th US state.
1838—Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States.
1861—Louisiana secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
1870—Virginia rejoins US.
1871—US income tax repealed.
1875—Electric dental drill is patented by George F. Green.
1891—Oscar Wilde’s “Duchess of Padua” premieres in NYC.
1913—Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for playing as a professional.
1915—Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado established.
1918—Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, calls for  “wheatless” & “meatless” days for war effort.
1920—Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer.
1934—The Apollo Theater reopens in Harlem, New York City.
1939—Filming begins on “Gone With the Wind.”
1954—Ground breaking begins on Disneyland.
1960—Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot.
1963—“Milk &  Honey” closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 performances.
1979—“Dukes of Hazzard” premieres on CBS’s vast wasteland.
1988—“Phantom of the Opera” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for over 4,000 performances.
1991—Jan Stenerud becomes 1st pure placekicker to make NFL Hall of Fame.
2005—Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.
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